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Peleg - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 26 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-25-2014

Our interpretation of an oak aged Old Ale.

Peleg Hill Jr. (1757-1831) was our great, great, great, great grandfather and one of Greensboro’s original inhabitants. In his honor, we crafted this old ale and reserved it with our resident microflora in third-fill bourbon barrels from some of our favorite distilleries. For over 18 months, it was allowed to leisurely develop its complex, unique flavors and express both the character of its environs and its history.

This inaugural batch of Peleg was brewed with our Danish friends Rune and Per Olaf from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg and Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Brewing.
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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%

poured into HF Wine Stem.

Appearance: This beer pours out beautifully and looks like its extremely thick, syrupy, and oily. Black bodied beer with thick dark brown head that has some staying power. Pours out 2 full fingers of head from a moderate pour.

Smell: Fruity malts, bourbon, and tart cherry.

Taste: Dark fruit malts think dates and figs maybe some green raisins too. Lots of oak and a moderately tart cherry notes like an Oude Bruin. In the middle of the beer showcases oak and a hint of bourbon. Slightly smokiness with a leathery note. Lingering tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Thick and oily beer with creamy carbonation. Absolutely outstanding mouthfeel.

Overall: Very interesting take on an Old Ale and I like it. Its like an Old Ale and an Oude Bruin combined. I see this beer getting better with time in the bottle.

Photo of Skrip
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster tulip.

A~ murky redish brown with a light tan head and foam coating the glass.

S~ total tartness right up front! dark fruit, tart cherries, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. hmmm....!

T~ definitely not what i was expecting! first things first, its sour... which by description it should be but kinda strange for the style. you can totally tell its an HF brew haha. still not a bad thing though! the dark fruits come in hard after the initial tartness, tart cherries, dates, and a little fig. all followed by some sour caramel/molasses on the back end which i assume is from the bourbon barrels. extremely interesting!

M~ a little too carbonated for the style. could just be the bottle but it gushed hard! haha very smooth though and leaves a sticky caramel feel in your mouth.

O~ old ale? i'd call it a flanders brown haha. its only any old ale because well... its old lol going senile in those bourbon barrels for far too long haha. aside from Ann this is one of the most interesting brews they have put out for sure. probably just because it wasn't what i was expecting but hell i don't think anyone is expecting what this has to offer. a very solid brew! lets just say HF's resident microflora really took over!

Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Not really sure what an old ale is, but this comes across to me more like a flanders/old bruin sorta thing with a great oak presence from the barrel. Not my style of beer typically but very much appreciate this one. I think folks who dig flanders/old bruin type styles will really dig this.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Huge khaki head. Thick collar. The bottle gushed when I opened it.

Smell - Smells of bourbon and lots of brett. Aggressively bretted. Caramel.

Taste - Barrel isn't as strong. Brett is stronger. Earthy and red winey. Some tartness and dark fruit flavors. Oak and bourbon come out in the back. Dry and not very sweet at all.

Mouthfeel - HIghly carbonated. Boozy. Medium body.

Overall - It doesn't smack of an unintended infection, but it's much more controlled. The tartness works pretty well and keeps it a very interesting beer.

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +4%

A-Black in the glass but a clear ruby when pouring, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Cherries, oak, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits.

T-Starts off a tad too sweet with cherries and dark fruits. Caramel is there and the finish is the barrel character. The brett sneaks into the finish but does not add much tartness

M-Medium bodied, a tad watery though.

O-An interesting take on the style, not one of HF's better beers but yummy none the less.

Photo of KevSal
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the chance adam, and steve for the delivery

was really looking forward to this after Aaron last night, rather than a typical juicy old like adam ftw (which i think they would nail considering how Aaron came out) this is a sour ale, which is fine but its a mediocre sour at that.
honestly it taste like an infected beer, maybe it spent too much time im the barrel and caught some bugs and changed the character of the beer (im an rs member im used to it). this taste like what aaron would be if infected.

even still its a decent sour and had no problem finishing it. cant really recomend for old ale lovers, go for aaron instead.

im glad i got to try it, thanks again Adam!

Photo of mklisz
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Infected, sour cheesy flavors and aromas

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A perplexing beer with the caramel, vanilla, and sweetness of an old ale, but then a medium tart quality hits in the middle, along with cherries and dark fruit.

Photo of emottram
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Awful, barleywine mixed with sour and Porta potty

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with reddish hints around the edges and an off-white cap thats quick to fade.

The smell is tangy with cherry earth and minersls. A little bit of maltiness but for the most part any residual sweetness has been lost to a bit of a bacterial tang to the aroma.

The flavor is a bit of a flip compared to the nose. Right upfront are flavors of caramel, toffee and vanilla before the tartness of fruit and minerals comes into play. The aftertaste transitions back to caramel/vanilla which is nice.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is unique and im glad to have the opportunity to try it. However, im at a lost as to how to score this appropriately since this apprently falls into the grey area of old ales and whether they are accurately portrayed as boozy malt bombs or wild ales... regardless i enjoyed it.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -8%

Pour is dark copper brown, virtually opaque, with a tight small bubbled tan head. Nose is assertive brett, strong dry leather, toasted malts, caramel, and a touch of malty berry sweetness. Taste is stronger malt and a bit sweeter. Brett is there, leathery for the most part, toasted malts and caramel mid palate, a fair bit of cherry sweetness. It has a fairly high bitterness through the finish, incredibly soft body, and clean light carbonation.

Photo of Jwale73
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany hue with no head. Nose is oaky, malty and expresses tart notes (cherries) and a suggestion of bourbon, wood and maple. All I can say is that the taste is consistent with a very well-made flanders oud bruin. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a light carbonation and some acidity. Overall - I can't really describe this as an old ale; however, I found it quite enjoyable.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown on the pour. Light brown head that's around or about a minute then leaves a nice film on top. Little bubbles popping in the film, visible carbonation, but just a little bit.

Smell is sour right off the bat, dark fruit, cherry skin, barrel. Not really what I expected to smell. Should be interesting.

Taste is sour and a little sweet, with a bourbon/cherry skin burn at the end. Oak is very present, as well. There is something at the end that lingers, it's a little off putting for me, but not terrible. Once again, not was I was expecting. The flavors are very strong. Definitely a sipper. There's a strong cherry presence, but it's very bitter. Just strange!

Carbonation is medium, nice burst of it at the end, which meshes well with the alcohol burn. Medium bodied but more towards the thicker side. Creamy and really coats the mouth.

Well, I wasn't sure what to expect on this one. Still having trouble describing it in the review. Definitely different. I was expecting the bourbon barrels to show up more, instead they mix in with all the funk. Lots of sour funk and dark fruit.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JSmick for this one. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep garnet color with small hazy bubbles on the edges. Only minimal bubbles remain

Smells like big brown sugar, dark malts, dark fruit, followed by oaky, tannic, caramel and vanilla. Finishes with a whiff of leather and tart funkiness.

Taste is big robust caramel, nutty praline notes, followed by some vanilla, faint bourbon oakiness, and cherry essence that rounds out a puckery tartness on the finish. The barreling has no doubt smoothed and mellowed this one out.

Feel is dense and smooth, coats the mouth short of being overly chewy. The tartness cleans up a bit.

Overall, very tasty and complex beer. A sipper for sure. I would drink this any time it presented itself.

Photo of peensteen
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle shared by Liam

Chestnut brown colour, ring of off white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is woody with dark fruit soaked in bourbon followed immediately by a brett-funk, butterscotch and a light roast. Taste is tart upfront, oak with dark fruit, bourbon and caramel flavours, quite delicious. Medium carbonation, fairly full drying body. Really nice, good mix of tart and malt with a nice barrel character.

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Peleg from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.